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*Update Kennedy Middle School evacuated due to gas odor

February 26, 2014
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*Updated Students have returned to the school after it was deemed that the odor was not emanating from the school. According to officials, the gas leak was found to originate on Werking Street. Original Story Kennedy Middle School is currently being evacuated due to a gas order. The students are being placed on busses to…

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Southington receives road salt

February 26, 2014
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Southington has received several tons of road salt and will be able to properly maintain the roads, Southington Town Manager Garry Brumback said Monday. “We received two loads (approx. 18 tons each) from International through ConnDOT and two loads from Cargill through CRCOG,” Brumback said via email. “Our current balance on hand is 275 tons…

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Winter weather will be slow to subside, says AccuWeather

February 25, 2014
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Winter weather will be slow to subside, says AccuWeather

If you’re waiting for a spring warm-up, the weather pattern will be uncooperative heading into March, says AccuWeather. AccuWeather.com reports while spring officially begins on March 20 and there are signs of a pattern change beginning around that date, winter may not be in a hurry to let go over much of the Central and Eastern…

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Grammys looking to honor music educators

February 25, 2014
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Applications for the second annual Music Educator Award are currently online; to nominate a teacher, visit GRAMMYMusicTeacher.com. The deadline to nominate is March 31, 2014. The application process will adjust each year to allow the broad array of effective teaching styles and methods used in the discipline to be recognized and awarded. The award is…

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Prom dress donations sought

February 25, 2014
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A Moment Away is collecting dresses for “The Princess & The Prom,” the dresses must be from the past five years. The dresses can be dropped off at 61 Curtiss Street, Southington, CT06489. Any person who brings in a dress will receive a $10 voucher (limit two). Donations are being accepted now through March 20.…

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Office and retail approved on West Street

February 23, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer The Planning and Zoning Commission recently voted unanimously in approval of a plan for an office and retail center on the West Street business zone. Lovley Development, Inc., in Plantsville, proposed for a mixed use development of multiple buildings at 1095 West Street next to the UConn Medical Center and…

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Planting the way for the return of the monarch

February 22, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Eric Stegmaier’s love for flying creatures and aviation inspired him to start a butterfly garden last year in his new Southington home. As a local artist, looking at nature’s beauty served as a creative source for Stegmaier, who paints in his free time when not working as a senior conservation…

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After Jitters, local businesswoman looks to keep the community in ‘The Loop’

February 22, 2014
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By Kaitlyn Naples Staff Writer After about a year-and-a-half since Jitters Café burned down, Shirley Bloethe, the owner, has a new venture that echoes what she did at Jitters, and then some. As of a few weeks ago, Bloethe took over the former RockWell’s Dance Hall and turned it into “The Loop.” She isn’t changing…

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Students to compete in the Science Bowl

February 21, 2014
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By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Kennedy Middle School in Southington is one of over a dozen other schools in the state facing off in the National Science Bowl regional this weekend. A team of four students from Kennedy will compete on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the University of Connecticut, in Storrs, answering a variety of…

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Soldier surprises son with his return

February 21, 2014
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Soldier surprises son with his return

By Lisa Capobianco Staff Writer Five-year-old Jackson Musshorn thought he was just playing an improvised game with his peers one day in the gymnasium of the Southington YMCA until an unexpected visit showed up. While standing in the middle of a circle with a blindfold on, Jackson, who was participating in the YMCA’s Amazing Kids…

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